Located in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1938, the 70+ arches of Laurel hill are tightly packed with sculptural and architectural monuments to the deceased rich and famous.
In October of 2017, Laurel Hill Cemetery hired a Jefferson University lighting design studio to design and create multiple installations through the cemetery for annual Halloween tours. Working with a partner, our team imagined a sea of hilltop obelisks pulsing in green light.
“Through the growth and evolution of (Laurel Hill Cemetery) tours over time, many variations have been tried; not all succeeded or when they did, did not necessarily make a big footprint. But the light displays are another story. I gave tours both nights and made sure that my groups saw every display…To people who had never been there before, an OOOhh moment each time. For returnees, a whole new perspective. And for a guide who's been watching since the beginning, the light displays were the most dramatic enhancement of the tours - ever.”
Laurel Hill Cemetery Board member